I am always happy to hear from Jill Ovren of AudioGo, because it usually means she is wanting to fulfill my Karin Slaughter fix! After listening to (and loving) Slaughter's latest "Criminal", Jill mentioned that she had a new mystery series on her hands, and did I want in? Usually I don't find about these series until there are 14 installments and I can't muster the energy, so I'm always excited to get in on the ground level.
Jill told me that this novel is the first installment, with a second coming out very soon. It is written by an accomplished Danish author with over 30 novels and children's books. Most of her work has been in the fantasy genre, but now is dipping into one of my favorite, mystery thriller.
Synopsis: Our heroine in this series is Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, a wife and a mother of two. While she loves her family, she also is drawn to save the world, which is one of her frailties that is causing some irritation in her marriage. One day she gets a call from an old friend from nursing school, Karin, asking for help. Karin gives her a key to a locker in a train station, where Nina finds a suitcase with a drugged, dehydrated 3 year-old boy inside. Obviously Karin got involved in something she couldn't handle, and is attempting to save this child. Is he a victim of kidnapping? Human trafficking? Nina can't possibly turn this child over to the authorities, where he will surely get lost in the system.
When Nina finds out that Karin has been brutally murdered, Nina knows it must all be related. She must hide the child, find his mother, and avoid being killed...but what about her family? At this point she cannot contact them, even to let them know she is alive. Will she even have a family to come home to after it is all over?
My thoughts: This was a relatively short and fast-paced thriller, with plenty of action and intrigue. My biggest focus was on Nina...is she a strong enough character to command a series? I liked her. She is flawed, she is tough, she is driven by her principles. She wasn't fully developed here, but I'm willing to hear more.
I can't say that I became attached to any of the other characters except for the child. Hard not to invest in a toddler who is scared and lost in a foreign country - my mother's heart was squeezed. With series however, sometimes you have to be patient and let the characterization develop over a period of time. I can't say I was all that attached to Lucas Davenport or Jack Reacher the first time I met them either.
So stay tuned. I see that "Invisible Murder" is the next in the series, due to be released any day, so I am hoping to receive this audio as well.
A few words about the audio production: The narrator for this audio was Katherine Kellgren. I've never listened to any of her work before, but I did not have a favorable experience here. Her voice came across very harsh and cold to me, although I did get used to it after awhile.
Listening length: 8 hours, 46 minutes (313 pages)
3 out of 5 stars